Wednesday, February 3, 2016

January Quilting~White Tonals~Clutter

Well, here it is, almost time for February quilting, and I haven’t posted about our January quilting day. I was very lazy, I guess, and I never even took one photo.

As always, it was a fun, delightful day, and I enjoyed visiting with all of my quilting girls. There are always stories to tell, and lots of laughter.

I sewed a Parkview quilt top, and ALMOST got it put together, but not quite. I still haven’t finished it. Maybe I will get that done on Saturday when we meet again.

Renea’s name was drawn and she chose white tonal fabrics, and I DIDN’T EVEN GET A PHOTO OF THE FABRIC! Embarrassed smile What was wrong with me???? I did, however, go google image searching and I found a photo I could use. I mean, what’s a blog post without a photo?????


So what else have I been up to? Same same. Working, sleeping after work in my loveseat/recliner, watching tv, and on the weekends, doing a little junkin’ and when I can, visiting my great nephew and his grandma (my sissypoo).



Last weekend, I literally kicked my sweetie out of the house so I could declutter. He left for Minneapolis on Friday night and returned at 8pm Sunday evening. I got a lot done, but not as much as I would have liked. I have a lot more to do. I did deliver a load to our local Goodwill though. I thought I would have another load on Sunday, but when I started working in my office, I ended up doing a lot of paper shredding, and filing, and cleaning out drawers, so I only got one box. I need to jump back into my office closet again. That seems to be where I stuff everything to get it out of sight, and put things I’m not sure I want to keep or not. I’m a long way from finished, but what I do have done, feels good.


I plan on going through every room in my house, and every closet and every dresser and every hiding place, and when I am finished, maybe I will feel unchained. My friend Amy described what I am feeling as paralyzing. I knew how I felt, but she put the words to it. When I feel overwhelmed with clutter, even though I can’t see most of it, I know it is there, and I know it needs to go. When I know things needs to be done, but I don’t have the energy or motivation to do it, it stops me from doing anything else creative, like sewing, or quilting. I keep telling people I think I was the most happy when I lived in a little apartment and didn’t have as much. Stuff clutters my home and my mind, and it really does affect me.

Maybe my new word for 2016 should be DECLUTTER.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Hubby’s New Job

It’s been a few months of uncertainties, but Louie secured his new job home today, and tomorrow morning he starts working at J&S Auto Specialists as a mechanic, or whatever you call them these days. He will be working less than 5 minutes from home, and actually, not far from where I work. His hours are 40 hours (and not 50+ he had been working), banker’s hours, and he couldn’t be happier. He likes that he will be responsible for only himself. Sometimes, change is good.


Forty years ago, he started working as a mechanic, and almost 25 years ago, when he started working as a service manager, he sold his toolbox and a big share of his tools, so we found a nice toolbox on Craigslist. It was brand new in the box! This afternoon, he went through his tools at home, and came up with quite a few to take to work with him.


After I got off work tonight, we went shopping for the rest of what he thought he needed with a trip to Lowe’s and Harbor Freight. I’m sure he will find he still needs a few things, but he’s well on his way.


We have had many friends praying for us, for which we are very thankful, and God has taken very good care of us during this transition. He heard our prayers and took care of us, just like He promised.

Day two. I didn’t get a picture of him after his first day of work, but I got one tonight. The shirt patch, Burnett-Thiel, is not the right workplace, but it was the only shirt he had left from a long time ago. His uniforms are ordered already. He’s having to get used to using muscles he hasn’t used for awhile, but he likes the job and the people he works for.

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Update January 27: Here he is with his new glasses AND new work shirt proudly displaying J&S Auto Specialists.


We just never know what roads God plans for us to walk, but this is his new road. Smile

Do Not Worry
25"For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26"Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?27"And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?…

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year~Genie 354~Santa

I guess we are going to start the New Year out by creating my post on Open Live Writer, which replaces Windows Live Writer. I found out yesterday when I tried to write my post that WLW would not work with Blogger anymore, so I was forced to use the writer in Blogger itself. I complained to WLW and got an email reply with the information I needed and a link to download OLW. So here goes!


Last Sunday, Louie and I went to Cedar Rapids to meet a couple who bought a sewing machine from me, and to check out another lead, so we hit the Goodwill stores. I already have a couple of these, but I couldn’t pass up another one. It was FILTHY, and the cord was jammed up against the machine from the inside, and we didn’t think we would get the cover slid off of it without dismantling it, but we did manage to get the job done. It was priced very reasonable, so we took a chance.



Genie cleaned up good though! I oiled her and put a new needle in. I don’t think from the looks of the foot control and power cord that this machine was used much. I think it sat in the sun, which is why the white has considerably yellowed, but it seems to run just fine.


The bobbin cover slide plate was missing, but thankfully someone on ebay had one. Ebay never fails me! It is on it’s way to me.


Update! The slide plate came, and it was too long, but my sweetie was able to modify it, and now it fits perfectly!


I put the foot controller away…..


….set the cover in place…..


…slid it over and locked it into place. It’s just so cute!


Yesterday, Louie and I went to the Quad Cities. We went to the Bimbo Bakery Outlet Store for bread for the freezer, and hit a few Goodwill and Salvation Army stores. I think it was at one of the last ones, I found an older, retired Santa by Isabel Bloom. I don’t normally collect seasonal figurines, but this one was reasonable and  I couldn’t pass it up. He stands about 10.5” tall.




Have a wonderful New Year and a blessed 2016. I pray the New Year brings you all you hope for and keeps you happy and healthy.

Thursday, December 31, 2015


Our December Loose Tensions Quilt group met on December 5th for our normal meet, but we also had a few celebrations to take care of! We always have a potluck and gift exchange in December, but we also celebrate Margaret’s birthday (which I was LAME in not photographing). I guess I was too much into the excitement of gifts and seeing what everyone received! I’ll share a couple Mrs. Bobbins cartoons in the mix since they seemed appropriate for our group day.

We had lots to eat!

We had lots of good fruits and vegetables!

 Salad, bread, soup and crackers, ham, Cheesy macaroni and corn, chips, cookies, and lots of good stuff!

Ronelle, even though she was unable to attend, chose yellow as her fabric choice, so we got to enjoy this eye candy as well.

 There was some sewing going on as well. I sewed this quilt top for my nephew in Texas. He was up here for Christmas, but my lack of ambition halted the completion of this quilt, so he will have to wait for it and receive it in the mail when I finish it. Maybe this weekend……

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and I pray your New Year is full of blessings. Ps. Blogger and Windows Live Writer are not playing well since a change in Microsoft. Not happy, but at least I can post.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Christmas Quilts for the Park View Lutheran Quilters

Louie and I have been busy lately! The last time I visited the quilting ladies at the Lutheran Church in Park View, I came home with six kits to sew at my leisure. I started working on them, and then Shirley, the leader told me that they had a request for 30 quilts for a nursing home for Christmas, so I kicked it in high gear and requested help from my own personal elf. He does a fabulous job at sewing, but please don’t tell anyone. He loved helping, but says he doesn’t want the word to get out, because well, he still thinks sewing is just for girls, but he loves helping people and he loves the Lord, so happily, he sewed along with me. I did have to make a few sacrifices, like let him watch a few ball games, but I wasn’t paying attention anyway, so it wasn’t that big of a sacrifice. We also had to have a little chocolate. Winking smile




I actually had these first two quilts finished before I asked him to help.





Over one weekend, between the two of us, we sewed four quilt tops. He held all four up for us. I grouped the photos together so you can see the finished quilts as well. They were NOT quilted and bound that weekend. I finished them up a couple weeks later, after a lot of hand stitching of the binding and watching Netflix.










They are ready to be delivered back to the quilting girls and then distributed for Christmas. It was such a blessing to be able to help.



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